Call the student midwives!
On July 16th, a group of student midwife colleagues and I set out on a 'Call For More Midwives' cycle tour through central London. Donning 1950's midwifery uniforms we rode a fleet of beautiful Pashley bikes from Waterloo to Westminster and Hyde Park. We rang our bicycle bells, hollered ‘more midwives!’ to everyone and everything we met, and caused a rather stylish but political ruckus. It was a very entertaining way to get as many people as possible talking about midwives, and why we need 5,000 more of them.
Our idea was to rally as much public and political support for midwives as possible, and by dressing as though we’d just ridden out from a scene in Call the Midwife, appeal to some of the 8 million viewers of the popular BBC series, many of whom we were sure would be interested in protecting maternity services. We also met with MPs to discuss how important it is to value the role midwives play in society, and to ask them to support our call.
I am passionate about training to be a midwife. We have a maternity service that should be celebrated, but we need more midwives to enable us to practise really excellent woman-centred care. In the face of widespread cuts to public services, we need everyone to show their support for the amazing work midwives do, and demand that midwives be valued and supported. Importantly for us as students, we need graduates to be able to find work.
We have a profession to be very proud of, and it is impossible to undertake midwifery training without a huge degree of passion for the work we do. We want more midwives and we want jobs because we desperately need to protect the future of maternity care in the UK. Please sign the epetition and share it with as many people as you can: your midwives need you!